Monday, December 20, 2010

Is the contract going to be amended in order to save the Counties $94,861,504.00?

Here is just one of the unanswered questions about the cost of the regional trash incinerator, "Why will Frederick and Carroll Counties be obligated to pay for a $73,000,000 Capital Contribution, even if all of that money is not used for the project?"  

We've now heard the trash incinerator is not going to cost as much as originally forecasted, but the repayment of this Capital Contribution is in FIXED annual payments of $3,530,338.00 (plus a 3% annual escalation) for 20 years for a total repayment of $94.8M. (This payment is called the 2nd operating fee.)  

It's now been suggested these funds shouldn't be needed at all.  And although any money not used will be returned to Wheelabrator, "Upon Final Completion, the Authority shall return or release any unused portion of the Company Construction Commitment to [Wheelabrator]...,"  I cannot find any language which lowers the annual $3.5M payment.  Therefore, Sections 6.3  and 15.1 of the service contract should be amended to provide for lower payments if any part of the $73M is not used for construction costs.

Perhaps the 2nd operating fee should be struck from the service contract all together?

To put this into perspective, $3.5M per year is the equivalent of 70 full-time LOCAL jobs per year. (Paying ~$50K each.)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fellini’s Italian Restaurant in Frederick, MD is fast becoming known for its freshly cooked, REAL Italian Food & Pizza in Frederick, MD!

On Wednesday Dec 1, 2010, Fellini's Italian Restaurant in Frederick, MD  held a holiday open house and was welcomed welcomed by the Frederick County Chamber with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Click here to view Fellini's Italian Kitchen's menu and print a special online offer for your next visit.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Landon House on Psychic Kids

Historic Landon House featured on Psychic Kids:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

RCS_6287 - OCC Freedom Bike

Paul Teutul, Sr. and Orange County Choppers presents the Freedom Bike to benifit the National Fallen Heroes Memorial in Frederick, Maryland. For video clips see:

Freedom Bike by Orange County Choppers

The Freedom Bike by Orange County Choppers will be unveiled today at 4pm on the parade grounds of Fort Ritchie in Cascade, MD. This to raise money for The National Fallen Heroes Memorial that is to be built north of Frederick, Maryland.

About The National Fallen Heroes Memorial:

Honoring our fallen men and women between Post Vietnam and Current Day Conflicts and Wars for their selfless service in our US Military and paying the Ultimate Sacrifice with their lives.

Our young men and women joined the United States Military to serve their country and to honor the American Flag and all that it represents. These brave soldiers not only gave the lives that they were living, but gave up the lives they would have lived.

To those who have fought for our country, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never know. They gave up everything for our country, for our freedom, for us. And all we can do is remember.

The National Fallen Heroes Memorial will be built on more than 600,000 sq. ft (15 acres) in Frederick, Maryland.

Your donations will not alleviate the pain of the loss of our Fallen Heroes, but will memorialize the sacrifice of their lives for your freedom in the United States of America.

Please make your donations payable to:

National Fallen Heroes Memorial, Inc.
P.O. Box 1236
Frederick, MD 21702

Monday, October 18, 2010

An Evening on the Riviera

Frederick, Maryland – The planning committee of the 14th annual An Evening on the Riviera, the area’s premier charity food and wine extravaganza, is pleased to announce that this year’s event was a huge success. Over 400 guests attended the event which showcases the region’s finest restaurants, caterers, wine cellars, and entertainment.

“We extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who has helped make this event so spectacular. We couldn’t do it without the enthusiasm and support of the event sponsors, restaurants, caterers, wineries, microbreweries, table top designers, auction donors, and of course, the guests,” says event chairperson Heidi Horine.

This year’s Best Savory Dish first and second place winners were The Comus Inn and Canapes, respectively. The Comus Inn was also the 2009 Best Savory winner. The first place winner of the Delectable Dessert award was The Perfect Truffle, and the second place award was given to Hollow Creek Golf Club. First place for Best Creative Display was awarded to Gourmet With Paula Catering, while second place was awarded to Home at Braddock Inn.

To the 9s received the Tabletop Design award for their elegant double tiered candle lit floral display set in a Roman-style urn accented with fresh grapes. Owner, Matt Aspey, has selected Hospice of Frederick County as the beneficiary of the $500 award.

The An Evening on the Riviera committee would also like to congratulate the lucky VOLT raffle winners, Karen Beck and Linda Biagioni. Each will receive a two-hour cooking lesson for six people with Chef Bryan Voltaggio followed by lunch in the Chef’s Dining Room at VOLT.

The organizing committee for An Evening on the Riviera is proud that, once again, 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to Frederick County non-profit organizations. This year’s beneficiaries are The Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County and The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County.

Don’t miss out on next year’s fun! Mark your calendars now for the 15th annual An Evening on the Riviera which will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011.

Frederick Police Department Citizens Police Academy

On Saturday October 16th, 2010 the Frederick Police Department held the Practical Scenario/Graduation Presentation of the 18th Citizens Police Academy. During this day, graduates took part in simulated scenario based traffic stops and call for services exercises using the instruction and techniques taught during the program. Graduates also took part in a firearm safety class and had the opportunity to handle and shoot several different types of firearms. At the conclusion of the day, graduates received certificates of completion.

The Citizens Police Academy is a ten (10) week program designed to educate participants on the many facets of the law enforcement field which includes laws of arrest, DUI/DWI enforcement, search and seizure, use of force, and much more. It also informed the participants of the makeup of the Frederick Police Department and the community it serves. If you are interested in learning more about the program or the next class, please contact Cpl. Jay Brown at 301-600-3914 or email at

Friday, October 8, 2010


Celebrate Frederick is looking for talented, skilled volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors and to staff its event and operating committees. The mission statement of the organization is to “work in partnership with the City of Frederick in the planning and implementation of special events and activities to offer the community a shared cultural experience.”

“This is the first time we have gone out to the entire community to seek participation on this broad a level,” said Amy Riley, special events manager for City of Frederick. “Our philosophy is openness and inclusiveness, and we invite everyone to participate. What better way to get involved in your community, to meet new friends, and to have fun planning Frederick’s most popular events!”

The Board of Directors skillfully provides direction, management, strategic planning and leadership to the organization and its event committees. Celebrate Frederick produces fourteen annual events in the City of Frederick each year, with signature events including Frederick’s 4th-An Independence Day Celebration, Summer Concert Series in Baker Park and In the Street.

The open positions and terms of office are as follows.

Board of Directors (two year-terms): Three (3) positions
Event Co-Chairs (one to two-year term):

Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour
Summer Concert Series
Summerfest Family Theatre
The Holidays in Historic Frederick
Festival of Lights
Children’s Weekend
Marketing Committee
Volunteer Committee

The organization has openings for volunteers on all event committees not listed above, including Frederick’s 4th - An Independence Day Celebration; In the Street; the Candlelight House Tour; and the Kris Kringle Procession. In addition, Celebrate Frederick has a special need for people to serve on the Volunteer Committee. “We’re looking for talent, commitment, and a diversity that represents our entire community,” said Peggy Dufour, president of the Board of Directors. “If you want to serve, we have a place for you.”

For those interested to serve, please contact Ms. Jacque Brown, Nominations Committee Chair at or Amy Riley, at . Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 22, 2010.

For more information about Celebrate Frederick please visit our website at or by calling 301-600-2845.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ramos-Lucas, Juventino - Arrest

On yesterday’s date, 10-06-10, at approximately 2015 hours OFC Wheeler responded to the area of Hickory Hills apartments in order to make contact with a female victim who alleged she had just been forcibly raped by a male acquaintance. OFC Wheeler, along with assistance from the Criminal Investigations Division, was able to interview the victim and determine that the suspect was Juventino Ramos-Lucas. Mr. Ramos-Lucas was located at his residence. After collecting evidence and at the conclusion of interviews with the suspect, he was subsequently charged with rape. The victim did not suffer serious physical injury and was released from FMH. The suspect was taken to the Central Booking Unit of the Frederick County Adult Detention Center where he had his initial bond hearing before the District Court Commissioner, who set his bond at $750,000.00

Ramos-Lucas, Juventino - CHARGES: 4 Rape and related Sexual Offense charges, 1 cound of 2nd degree Assault.

Blaine Young and Kai Hagen on

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nancy Bodmer of Bodmer's Pottery explains the process of making a Commemorative Gift Plate

Nancy Bodmer - owner of Bodmer's Pottery
For over 32 years, Nancy Bodmer has been making commemorative plates as gifts for weddings, births, anniversaries, new homes, family trees and more. Here, she explains the commemorative plate making process.
First , I wedge, weigh and make the plate on my potter's wheel. Then create the design using an ancient technique called sgraffito, where I carve away the slip to allow the red clay to be the wording/outline. Next is decorating the plate with color, a clear glaze and then in the kiln it fires for 8 hours at almost 2000 degrees. Voila, the finished product. As a former dental hygienist I enjoy the detail work but much prefer clay over saliva. For the past 32 years, artistry leads the way in my chosen profession.
Please visit my website to place an order at

Friday, September 17, 2010



September 17, 2010 (for immediate release):  Take a Paranormal Journey to Hades every Friday and Saturday in October as the historic Landon House in Urbana unveils its all-new haunted attraction called HAUNTED DEAD OR ALIVE.  "Vampires and zombies are so passe' "  notes Landon House owner Kevin Dolan in his guise as Johnny Reb.  "Today is the Anniversary of the bloodiest day in American history....the Battle of Antietam.  Over 23,000 brave Union and Confederate soldiers killed, wounded or missing in action. That isn't make believe.  They died to protect the freedoms we take for granted.  Of course, it wouldn't be a haunted event if we didn't have zombies and vampires and chainsaws.  And we do."

So take a short jaunt across the Mason-Dixon line to the creep-tastic Landon House Mansion, 12,000 square feet and six acres of pure terror.  As you slowly roll onto Johnny Reb's Estate of Horrors a chill runs down your spine.  The anticipation is unbearable as you make your way to the ticket line and prepare for a disturbing journey into the depths of depravity.  Ghostly Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate, confront you as you are led through the Haunted Holler of the old place.  Moving through the massive, 250-year old former silk mill, a variety of ghastly ghouls appear in the darkness, ready to attack...will they?

Victims encounter all sorts of horrible creatures...Rebel zombies, beasts of burden, homicidal maniacs, Evil Undead, Deranged Farmers, Paranormal Investigators with an axe to grind, Unhinged Rednecks, Northern Scum, Insane Preachers, the Civil War Widow Woman, the legendary Abomination...Is it scary?  We HOWL at your naive question!  How impertinent of you!  Of course it is child!  But, innocent that you are, it is the PARENTS who usually run out screaming bloody blue murder...Your heart can't take it...just a few more feet until the grand finale...and then it is over.  Or is it?  After all, Dear Friends, getting skeered is the whole point, ain't it?

Pricing:  $15 adults; $10 kids under 12.  Cash only. No Refunds. No Exchanges.  Event is held rain or shine.   No smoking, alcohol, drugs or foul language allowed on property.  We reserve the right to eject unruly patrons without a refund. Reservations are not required.

Directions:  The Haunted Landon House Mansion and Estate is located at the intersection of Rt. 355 and 80 in Urbana.  Take Rt. 270 to Exit 26 Urbana.  Continue 1/3 mile to the 355/80 intersection and turn left then immediate right into Landon House driveway.

Dates:  Fri/Sat at 8pm:  October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30th

Kevin Dolan-Managing Director
Landon House Marketing
cell: 301-305-6600

Fredericktowne Sertoma Club - 7th annual charity golf tournament

The Fredericktowne Sertoma Club is holding its 7th annual charity golf tournament on Thursday, October 7th at Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown, MD.
We still need lots of golfers to sign up to play, and we're hoping you might be interested in joining us for a great afternoon of golf, food, fun and fellowship, and lots of extras! Attached is a brochure describing the event. You can email Joyce Anderson at for more information or to get yourself (or a team) signed up to play.
We also are seeking sponsors in a variety of levels. Please email me for more information on how you can get involved. Sertoma is a 501(c) organization, so your donations may be fully tax deductible.
We would like to make this event our best EVER! But we can't do it without your help. Hope to hear from many of you and see you there as well!

Thanks for your consideration.
Sandy Waterman
Member of the Golf Committee
Fredericktowne Sertoma Club

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Landon House Speaking Engagement

Another great event!


By Authority of Friends of Michael Kurtianyk
Tim Winter, Treasurer

Michael Kurtianyk
Real Estate Consultant

Mackintosh Inc., Realtors
301-662-0155 (o)
301-401-0039 (c)

Great Frederick Fair starts tomorrow!

We will see you at the Great Frederick Fair! [photo by]

Also see keyword "Great Fair" for fun video clips!

Great Frederick Fair Traffic

The Frederick Police Department would like to remind citizens of the traffic congestion that is expected around the Fairgrounds during the 2010 Great Frederick Fair. The fair is scheduled for September 17th through September 25th.
Drivers should remain alert to traffic pattern changes as well as signs directing them to the many parking lots utilized for Fair Parking. All traffic pattern changes are designed to ease congestion and direct traffic flow to available fair parking. This includes parking on Highland St., Franklin St., Monroe Ave. and Monocacy Blvd.

Both Police and Auxiliary Officers with the Department will be directing traffic in order to assist with the expected high volume of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Drivers are asked to remain patient, follow the directions of the officers and utilize caution during these periods of congestion.

Motorists not wishing to attend the Great Frederick Fair should plan an alternate route to avoid the congestion on the east end of Frederick in the area of the Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Frederick County Rentals

Salt of the earth. That's how you can describe businesses like Frederick County Rentals in Thurmont Maryland. These folks go out of their way to help anyone. If you are a customer you can expect the equipment that you rent from them to be delivered on time and in excellent working order and at very competitive prices.

To learn more visit their website

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Denny Webb is back at Frederick Nissan

Frederick Nissan is pleased to welcome back Denny Webb to the team. Denny Webb has been in the Collision Center business for over 40 years and brings many years of experience and expertise with him. Stop by anytime for a free Estimate or visit us on the Web. We work with all Insurances Companies & work on all Makes & Models of vehicles.

The collision business is one that requires significant patience and dedication to the customer. Those who run the best collision businesses have experience in dealing with challenging circumstances from insurance companies to negotiating on behalf of the customer to get them the highest quality solution.

The primary focus for Frederick Nissan is to deliver a positive and memorable experience. Each department including sales, service, parts and finance is committed to providing a consistent and exceptional experience for its customers. When a dealership has the right people who all support the primary objective of giving the highest quality service at all times, customers feel much more comfortable and at ease.

Frederick Nissan is excited that they have found the right people like Danny Webb to join and help make the collision and repair experience simple and straightforward.

The Frederick Nissan service team will make your trip to the dealership so easy all you have to do is sit down, relax with a cup of coffee, a doughnut and some free Wi-Fi at your disposal.

Denny Webb
Frederick Nissan Collision Center Manager
7418 Grove Road
Frederick, MD 21704

RCS_3794 - Church Street - City of Frederick

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Posting to FrederickNews via dictation.

Okay so now I can dictate my postings to this is to save me a lot of time if I'm out in the field and I need to report on something that is happening I can just dictate right into my iPhone which I'm doing right now and then post that information directly to this is pretty cool stuff.

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, September 1, 2010



September 1, 2010, Frederick, MD - Get the In the Street celebration started early with a night of music, food, beer and wine gardens and the chance to support a local charity. Light the Creek is the perfect way to get ready for the In the Street celebration! This year’s event will be located at the Carroll Creek Amphitheatre from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The festivities will offer a live performance by Spyro Gyra’s Scott Ambush. There will also be beer and wine gardens with a $3 cover charge for guests 21years or older with a valid ID.

This year Maryland Lottery will be joining us for an on site lottery drawing. At 8:00pm there will be a pick 3, pick 4 and a Bonus Match 5 drawing. Get a chance to see the lottery process live and try your luck for a chance to win.

Light the Creek also includes the opportunity to support Frederick’s local non- profit organizations. $5 tokens can be purchased and donated to your favorite local charity. Be sure to bring your wallet for the chance to give back to the community while enjoying the live entertainment of Scott Ambush.

Known for being the talented bass player of Spyro Gyra, Ambush has developed his own style of rock inspired jazz. He has taken the influence of classics like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin and blended it with the jazz sounds of Stanley Clark and Return to Forever. His performance will surely set the tone for a weekend full of festivities and great entertainment.

You won’t want to miss great company, entertainment and charity at the Light the Creek event on Friday September 10th. And, what a perfect way to gear-up for In the Street on Saturday, September 11th in downtown Frederick!

This event would not be possible without the continuous support of our Corporate Community. This year’s Spires sponsors include: Bechtel Group Foundation and Spectrum Federal Credit Union. The Carillon sponsors are Comcast, Sandy Spring Bank, Weis Markets, WFRE, and WFMD. The 2010 Band shell sponsors are BB&T, COMSTAR Federal Credit Union, The Frederick News-Post, The Plamondon Companies, and WHAG. Special thanks to Bud Light and Clym Environmental Services.

For more information, please call The City of Frederick Office of Special Events at 301-600-CITY (2489) or please visit our website,

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Restoring Honor Rally - My Perspective

As both a Christian and a Conservative, I feel called to share my experience from Saturday's Restoring Honor Rally in D.C. Having followed Glenn Beck for a few years now and been anxiously awaiting this day since it was announced a year ago, I knew the rally was going to be an event to remember. What I didn't know was how profoundly it would affect me and what I would feel compelled to stand up for afterward.

I decided to go to the event alone so that I could truly soak up each moment the day had to offer. Along the way I met so many strangers that instantly felt like friends due to the fact that we had all come together for the same reasons; with the same passion for God and Country. Probably one of the things that affected me the most was the fact that with all the strangers I met and interacted with, we were all from different states (and in one case a different country). None of us were "duplicates," and all of us wanted to represent our State with pride! Of course I was there to help represent Maryland, but within minutes I met people from Hawaii, California, Ohio, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Holland.

When I asked the woman from Holland why she felt compelled to travel so far to witness this event, she said that it's already too late for Europe; that many from her country feel that the United States of America is the "last hope" for this world. Little does she know that many of us who attended Glenn Beck's rally are afraid that if the U.S. doesn't change it's course soon and go back to our founding principles, that it will be too late for our country as well.

Being at the rally refreshed my spirit, though... and my hope... While the media is trying to say this was a "tea party" event, I can tell you as an up-close witness that it was not. There were people from all walks of life and from all sides of the political debate who chose to come together as one to show that God and Country do go together. They must go hand in hand in order to get us back on track. The Founding Fathers had the vision to put a great foundation under us, but it is wavering right now. Too many of our principles and morals are being smashed by complacency, immorality, and "political correctness." What started out as a Nation Under God, has turned into a place where Christian Conservatives are being oppressed and we are made out to be on the "fringe" of society. I think this rally showed that we are not on the "fringe" but represent a large portion of the constituency, and the folks on the inside of the beltway need to listen.

The program started out with Glenn introducing direct descendants of the Native Americans who met the Pilgrims, and there was a direct descendant of people who were aboard the Mayflower. That was a pretty powerful reminder to see them arm in arm on the stage. As Glenn Beck put it, "and with malice towards none, they got into their boats and they came... God's chosen people, the Native Americans, and the Pilgrims...People came together, in different faiths, in the spirit of God, and the first thing they did was pray together."

This rally was not about telling everyone they have to be a Christian Conservative. It was about uniting people of all faiths to stand up together arm in arm; it was about asking each individual to look inside themselves to discover their true core beliefs and to do inventory to see if we are each living the life we should. Glenn Beck was saying that the way back to honor is through God. The way to fix our problems with government is through Him, because if we all do our personal inventory, we will know what we need to stand up and demand of the politicians who represent us.

On the radio yesterday, Mark Kreslins from Mid-Maryland Live asked me if I felt Glenn Beck got it right. Is God the solution to the terrible politics happening in D.C.? My answer is a resounding YES! If every politician followed the 10 Commandments, or at least lived by the Golden Rule, our country would be in a much better place. Not only would We The People stand up, but our elected officials would finally realize that lying, adultery, deceit and selfishness would not be accepted. They would have accountability and know that if they don't get it right, they are voted out. George Washington and the Founding Fathers gave this Nation a great gift... we no longer have to fight with guns, as they did. We get to fight for righteousness as a Republic, without bloodshed. The government they set up is "one nation under God," for the people, by the people. Glenn Beck did a wonderful job of reminding us of this.

In Frederick County, we have a big election coming up. My hope is that every voter looks at each individual candidate and measures their worthiness to represent us. Character counts and so does selflessness for the greater cause. What do our candidates and incumbents stand for; what have they done for their community to make it a better place? Will they listen and put their constituents first? Do they live by the Golden Rule? I am basing my vote on that in both the Primary and again in November. Will you join me on Election Day and honor your responsibility as a citizen of this great country and vote? I'll see you at the polls.

Monday, August 30, 2010

1st Annual Frederick Idol Fundraiser to Benefit CALM

Do you have what it takes to be
Frederick's Shining Star & the first Frederick Idol

If you think you do, join CALM (Frederick County Community Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center) for the first annual Frederick Idol 2010. Auditions will be held on Sept 8th-9th from 6:30-9:30pm at 629 North Market Street Frederick, MD 21701 (@ the Bernard W Brown Community Center. There will be a $10 donation registration fee per contestant. All proceeds from this Fundraiser will benefit CALM. The Grand Finale will be on Sunday October 24th, 5:30-8:30pm at the Frederick Community College JBK Theater. For Registration forms and questions, please email

Audition Registration Form
Audition Rules
Frederick Idol Flier

Friday, August 27, 2010

Elyse Finds Businesses On

And, you can too

Frederick County Commission for Women to Host Ladies' Golf Tournament

Please join us for the Frederick County Commission for Women 6th Annual Golf O.P.E.N. (Offering Philanthropy, Education and Networking) on October 7, 2010. We will have a great day of golf at the beautiful Maryland National Golf Club in Middletown, MD ( The event will include a 4-person scramble, champagne luncheon and awards reception following the tournament. We will also feature a Women's Health Fair during lunch, where local organizations share information about women's health and wellness. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Special Offer: Included with your online registration is a 1-year subscription to Golf Digest (a $10 value). Register online now at and remember to invite your friends to play. Thank you for your support of the Frederick County Commission for Women!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anti-Gang Strategy

The Frederick Police Department (FPD) is pleased to announce two major milestones in our continuing anti-gang strategy in the City of Frederick. The Frederick Police Department’s anti-gang strategy consists of an integrated, multifaceted response consisting of a multi-pronged approach to combat gangs through enforcement/community policing, education, prevention/outreach, and investigation/intelligence sharing. We believe that combating gangs must be a team effort not only from within the agency but through our partnerships with citizens, schools, businesses, prosecutors, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition to arresting criminals, outreach, education, and prevention efforts are critical. We also believe that combating gangs is inextricably linked to combating an array of other, often related criminal activity, to include illegal drugs, certain violent crimes and property crimes, graffiti, prostitution and human trafficking, and terrorism.

Aggressive enforcement efforts as illustrated by the fact that the FPD continues to lead all county agencies in arrests, in fact generally making as many arrests as all other county agencies combined, are a key component of our strategy. As noted, however, prevention and outreach efforts are also critical. It is in these areas that two major milestones have been reached. The FPD has been a leader in aggressively making efforts to educate, inform, acknowledge, and discuss gangs in our community. To that end, in the past five years, the agency has presented more than ninety gang seminars in an effort to inform and educate our community about gangs, why people join gangs, how they operate, why they exist, and to discuss our anti-gang strategy in depth. These presentations have been given in a variety of venues including Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) meetings, Homeowner Association meetings, Board of Realtors, schools, churches, etc. We are proud to acknowledge that our own Detective Robert Marker is recognized across the State of Maryland as a top resource when it comes to gang operations and information. A companion outreach effort includes our Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T.), which we have been presenting to school children for about the past seven years. To date, this school based education program designed to teach children to withstand the lure of gangs has been presented to over three thousand Frederick school children.

The FPD will continue these strong efforts of enforcement/community policing, education, prevention, investigation/intelligence sharing, and outreach.

If you are interested in becoming involved in your Neighborhood Advisory Council meetings so that you can regularly meet with City officials, including members from the police department, or you are interested in requesting a seminar on gangs as part of our anti-gang strategy, please call Ms. Michele Bowman on 301-600-2091.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Armed Robbery

At approximately 9:30 p.m., 08/20/10, officers of the Frederick Police Department responded to a reported armed robbery near Baker Place East in the 1300 block of Key Parkway.

Investigation revealed that the victim was walking on a foot path behind Baker Place East when she was approached by a black male armed with a handgun. The suspect then robbed the victim of an undisclosed amount of cash and then left the area on foot.

The suspect is described a s a black male, approximately 6’00” tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a white T-shirt , dark pants and white athletic shoes.

Anybody with information about the robbery or the identity of the suspect is urged to contact Detective Morgan at 301-600-1259. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call 301-600-TIPS (8477)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Scooter Theft

On 8/18/10, OFC Lapp of the Frederick Police Department’s Directed Patrol Unit, was patrolling in the area of W12th and Neidig Ave. At approximately that time he observed a motor scooter, being operated by Timothy S. FROCK, fail to stop for a stop sign. At that time the scooter was also occupied by another male juvenile passenger. OFC Lapp initiated a traffic stop and observed the driver fail to stop for another stop sign in the area of Invader Alley and Kossman Alley. Moments later the scooter came to a stop and both occupants attempted to distance themselves from the scooter. After establishing identities, MVA checks revealed that FROCK was unlicensed and did not possess a moped permit. FROCK was arrested. A follow-up investigation revealed that the scooter was also stolen but not reported as the owner had not been aware that the scooter had been stolen.

RCS_0939 - Rocky Ridge Parade

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Frederick, Maryland – The planning committee of An Evening on the Riviera proudly announce a rare and unique raffle to be drawn at the event on October 8, 2010. Chef Bryan Voltaggio and VOLT restaurant have generously donated two private cooking classes with up to six persons per class. Classes will be held simultaneously in the Chef’s Kitchen at VOLT followed by lunch in the Chef’s Dining Room.

“VOLT…is the best restaurant in the Maryland suburbs—elegant and unfussy. American cooking in an atmosphere as cool as it is serene,” wrote Washingtonian in its July 2009 Best of Issue.

DC Modern Luxury Magazine notes, “Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s style of combining seasonal ingredients with judicious flashes of molecular gastronomy drives a menu unlike any in the city. He turns seasonal and local into lusty and soulful.”

“This is the perfect opportunity to experience cooking with one of the finest chefs in the country today, all while supporting your community and neighbors in need,” says An Evening on the Riviera Chairperson, Heidi Horine. “We truly appreciate the kindness and generosity of VOLT owners, Bryan Voltaggio and Hilda Staples.”

All proceeds from the raffle go to support the charities benefiting from the event, which are The Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County and the Women’s Giving Circle. Tickets for the raffle are $30 for 1 (2 chances to win) or $50 for 2 (4 chances to win). Chef’s schedule will determine the date of the classes. Drawing will be held on the evening of the event, October 8th. Ticket purchasers need not be present to win.

Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling The Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County at 301-600-1875 or by visiting our website at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mountain City Elks Parade

Street Closing and Parking Information for August 22, 2010

On Sunday, August 22, 2010 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., the Mountain City Elks Lodge #382 will conduct their annual parade. The parade route will start on South East Street and proceed west on East All Saints Street. The parade will continue across South Market Street and conclude in the 100 block of West All Saints Street.

Due to parade preparation, southbound traffic on South East Street from East Patrick Street to East All Saints Street will be closed to traffic from 1p.m. until the start of the event. For the duration of the parade, parking and vehicular traffic will be restricted along East All Saints Street, West All Saints Street, and portions of S. Bentz Street. Visitors and residents are encouraged to select alternate traffic routes.

Motorists should be aware that West All Saints Street from Ice Street to S. Bentz Street will be closed until 8 p.m. for post parade activities.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Michael Kurtianyk's Campaign

The Landon House in Urbana was a perfect setting for a political fundraiser. To support Michael Kurtianyk's campaign for Frederick County Commissioner visit:

This just in: Maryland State Delegate Galen Clagett (Dem - District 3A) has announced his endorsement of Michael Kurtianyk, Democratic candidate for Frederick County Commissioner.

"As a former County Commissioner and current State Delegate, I understand the unique challenges that Frederick County is currently facing and will be facing in the years ahead. We need to elect people who have the ability to listen to problems, research both sides of the issues and determine the best course for action for the citizens of Frederick County. Michael Kurtianyk has those abilities and will work hard for Frederick County. I am pleased to support him for County Commissioner," said Clagett.

The delegate's endorsement comes on the heels of Kurtianyk's endorsement from the Frederick County Association of REALTORS®.

Kurtianyk will compete for one of five spots in the Democratic primary on September 14 to advance to November's general election. For more information on Kurtianyk's campaign, please visit his website

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Parental Abduction

On 08-13-10, members of the Frederick Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to White Plains, New York to take custody of Andres Avelino Caceres, who had been captured there due to parental abduction charges. On August 4th, OFC Hanner received a complaint of parental abduction. The complainant had advised that Mr. Caceres had forced his way into her residence on Heather Lane and took custody of the couples 12 year old son. Mr. Caceres and the complainant had been recently divorced and Mr. Caceres had been living in a separate residence in New York for over a year. The mother of the child advised Mr. Caceres had called her several times since taking the child. He advised he was in New York and he was keeping the child. The mother feared Mr. Caceres was going to return to his home country, Peru. White Plains is where Mr. Caceres had been making his home for the past year. After confirming custody with the proper court paperwork, OFC Hanner obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Caceres and notified authorities in New York. New York authorities were able to locate Caceres and the child. Caceres was arrested and the child returned unharmed to his mother. Mr. Caceres waived Extradiction and was returned to Frederick on 8-13-10, where he was taken to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center where he is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Counterfeiting Arrests

Wednesday August 11, 2010 11:31 AM EDT - Counterfeiting Arrests

On Friday August 6, 2010 the Thurmont Police Department was alerted to individuals passing counterfeit twenty dollar bills at various business locations in Thurmont. Suspect descriptions and a description of the suspect’s vehicle were provided by witnesses. A female and two male suspects were identified, located and detained at the Thurmont Police Department. Subsequent interviews of these suspects led to the identity of additional suspects. On Saturday August 7, 2010 a Search & Seizure Warrant was served at an address on Terben Court and evidence was seized in connection with manufacturing of the counterfeit bills. United States Secret Service was notified on Friday August 6 and agents of the Secret Service assisted with the investigation and subsequent arrests of the following individuals:

Brandon Joseph Harris
Age 23
Thurmont, Md
5 Charges: Counterfeiting,Possessing Forged Currency, and Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency

Sean M. Hillis
Age 24
Frederick, Md.
10 Charges: Counterfeiting, Possessing Forged Currency, and Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency, Theft, and Attempted Theft

Lucas Clark Cassidy
Age 19
Thurmont, Md.
5 Charges: Counterfeiting, Possessing Forged Currency, and Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency

Caleb Thomas Horvat
Age 23
No Fixed Address
7 Charges: Counterfeiting, Possessing Forged Currency, and Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency, Theft, and Attempted Theft

The effected businesses were Roy Rogers, McDonalds, Burger King, Sheetz, Wendy’s. No charges have been filed against the female suspect at this time.

Media release was prepared by:
Lt. P. Allen Droneburg
Deputy Chief of Police
Thurmont Police Department

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Armed Robbery

On 08-09-10 at approximately 2232 hrs. officers of the Frederick Police Patrol Division responded to a reported armed robbery at Waverly Beer and Wine, 45 Waverly Drive in Frederick. The initial investigation revealed that two B/M suspects robbed the store at gunpoint. An undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency was taken from the business and the suspects fled on foot. It is believed the suspects had a vehicle waiting a short distance from the scene that facilitated their getaway. Multiple units canvassed the area immediately after the incident but were unable to locate the perpetrators. No one was injured during the incident and the investigation is being conducted by FPD/CID. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Frederick Police Department at 301-600-2100, or anonymously at 301-600-8477.

Monday, August 9, 2010

New FrederickNews Contributor

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A conflict of interest

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010 our BoCC will be deciding on who will fill one of the vacancies on the County's Solid Waste Advisory Committee.  Last month the committee conducted interviews and has recommended Mr. Dan Locke (Chief of Mont. Co's Division of Solid Waste Services) to join the committee.  (Daniel Locke recommendation -please scroll down to page 7)

As a member of the NMWDA, Mr. Locke has a clear conflict of interest since the NMWDA will be significantly benefiting by the placement of its Regional Incinerator in Frederick County. 

I would also like to provide some additional information to the LTE Mr. Locke wrote over 2 years ago.

1.) The electricity revenue made by Mont. Co. trash incinerator in fiscal 2007 was $17 Million, but Mr. Locke fails to share that AFTER all revenues are calculated, the subsidy to operate and pay the debt service was $38 Million.

2.) The electricity revenue for fiscal 2008 was $26M, however, Mont. Co. still had costs of nearly $33 Million in order to operate the facility.

3.) How the Mont. Co. incinerator "breaks even" is that there is a System Benefit Charge (as does Fred. Co.) in order to make-up any shortfalls in electricity and ferrous revenues.  This "fee" found on the property tax bill is part of what they define as Revenue - please don't assume Revenue is just the electricity revenue.  Mr. Locke describes this "fee" as solely a fee to subsidize recycling, but if you were to read the bond prospectus for Mont. Co.'s incinerator the subsidy for its incinerator is also assured by this fee

4.) The statement that Mont. Co's waste services are "mid-range" may be due in part to the fact that their trash incinerator cost half of what Frederick and Carroll Counties are planning to spend.

5.)  Also, please note that the Mont. Co. System Benefit Charge is spread among 4 times the population of Frederick, and an unknown (at least by me) amount of business retail space as compared to Frederick.

Thank you,
Caroline Eader

MontCo solid waste services chief disputes column on WTE
Originally published March 09, 2008

The Feb. 4 column of Katherine Heerbrandt, ("Tra$$$h") contained several errors regarding solid waste management in Montgomery County. To help clarify the issue we wanted to share the following information relating to our service. Regarding the statement that "The promised recovery of projected costs at break even levels was bogus," our Solid Waste System operates on a break even (full-cost-recovery) basis, as do most enterprise funds, such as water and sewer funds operated by most jurisdictions. Fees are set to cover the county's actual solid waste management expenses, and, thus, are not subsidized by taxes through the county's general fund. The fee paid by Montgomery County residents -- for very comprehensive waste and recycling services -- is in the middle range of other jurisdictions in the region, particularly when considering full cost accounting.
Next, revenue from selling the energy generated from our WTE facility was not $2 million as stated in the commentary, but $17 million. That was in FY 2007. In FY 2008, due to the recently increased market value of electricity, it is projected to be $27 million.
The statement that "Once the plant was operational, homeowners started to see something new on their tax bills every year, a $200 solid waste fee" is not correct. The System Benefit Charges did not increase by $200/year when the WTE opened; rather another set of fees just replaced the earlier system of refuse collection and tipping fees which included general fund support.
The new system, introduced in FY96, covered all solid waste costs, as it continues to do to this time. In that first year, the new Base System Benefit charge was $56.26/household.
In addition, homeowners paid a $66.64/household Disposal Fee that was charged in lieu of residential haulers paying a tipping fee to the county. Because the residents' haulers no longer paid a tipping fee, they could not pass that along to their customers. Thus, the County's Disposal Fee did not represent an increase, merely a different way to recover costs.
At the same time, in order to pay for county recycling program costs, which otherwise had to be subsidized by the county general fund, the county introduced an Incremental System Benefit Charge of $65.54/home. Again, that was for recycling -- not disposal -- services and simply represented a new means of paying for recycling costs that avoided any subsidy from county general funds and assured a full-cost recovery without taxes. The county continued to provide refuse collection for homes receiving that service from the county, but again its refuse collection fee provided full-cost recovery for that service, as well.
Finally, we would like to address the assertion that "Fees for waste disposal will rise sharply at least twice to meet the debt service obligation before it's paid off or refinanced in 2016."
Actually, because of roughly constant scheduled debt service, increasing capacity utilization, and the increasing market value of electricity, the solid waste fees in Montgomery County have either generally declined or stayed about the same over the years. And, when compared to inflation, they have substantially declined.

Daniel E. Locke is chief of
Montgomery County's Division
of Solid Waste Services. He writes
from Rockville.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

RCS_0499 - Dog Days of Summer Frederick

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August 11 Event

Something for everyone to put on their calendars....

Good Morning Candidates for County Commissioners!
CALM (the Frederick County Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Center) will be hosting an evening with the Candidates for County
Commissioners and voters of Frederick County on the topic of Solid Waste
on August 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the C. Burr
Artz Library on Patrick Street.

The discussion will focus on reduce/reuse/recycle, resource recovery, Zero Waste, waste reduction and
trash incineration. The idea is to promote face-to-face discussion and
education about the resource recovery issues which are important to the
voters without speeches or written answers. We know 2 hours is not
enough time to focus on all the issues surrounding this topic but we
hope this meeting will spark an interest to learn more and more meetings
such as this one will be held in the future.

How it will work: participating citizens will sit in circles and
candidates will rotate every 15 minutes; depending upon the number of
candidates who respond there may be more than one candidate in a circle;
each circle will have a trained facilitator who will keep the dialogue
focused on the topic and allow voters to interact with the candidates.
This was very successful in the recent city election and we are hoping
to replicate (with a few minor changes) this past success.

We ask that all candidates send their RSVP to
by July 30, 2010 and that you plan to arrive at the Library by 5:45 p.m.
on the 11th. We will begin promptly at 6 p.m. with a 5/10 minute
tutorial on the guidelines and directions for the evening.

Candidates are encourage to post this event on their web-sites,
facebook pages and via listservs. We will provide PR via local media.
Also, we do not have emails for Jerry Trout, Roy Taylor or Ralph
Whitmore. If any of you know these folks and have an email address for
them please pass it on to us. Thank you!

We look forward to having you all participate in this countywide event.
If you have questions please call me directly at 301-606-4578.


"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by
understanding" Albert Einstein

Kate Cullen Palmisano, MSW